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Weekly Update 11/06/14

Weekly Update 11/06/14

Weekly Update-November 6, 2014

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 5:00pm

To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement (in Arial 9 pt font if possible) to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.


Temporary Alternate 1U Web Site:  http://1uweb.wordpress.com 


 Friday – November 7

1U Weekend Campout

Campers!  We have reserved a group tent camping site at Moss Park in Orange County ($3 per person per night). We will be in group campsite B and have room for 30 – 35 campers of all ages. If you have a camper you can reserve a site for yourself close by–just Google “Moss Park camping” for more information. For details, to reserve your spot, or if you have suggestions, please contact dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org or talk with Alan Oberholtzer.

Sunday – November 8

Service – 9:30 & 11:00am, Sanctuary

A Season of Blessings, Lois Cole, Ministerial Intern

As we enter this holiday season and take time to be thankful for the blessings in our lives, what are the benefits of sustaining a practice of gratitude in our daily lives, and what does our Universalist heritage teach us about the cultivation of happiness?

Welkin will perform.

 Children’s Religious Education   

  • 9:15am – 12:15pm Nursery for ages 9 months through 4 years of age (EC Room 14)
  • 9:30am – 10:30am Childcare during early Worship or Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)
  • 11:00am-12:30pm Children who are registered for OWL Grades 7-9 go directly to class (EC Room 18)
  • 11:00am-11:15am All other Children begin in Worship
  • 11:15am-12:15pm Children Pre-school thru High School go to their respective RE classes (Enrichment Center)
  •  If you have a child participating in the Children’s RE program please join our facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1UChildrensReligiousEducation/         It’s a great way to stay informed!
  • Contact Children’s RE Coordinator Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Cosmos Revisited video and discussion, led by Bob Leger. (Learn more)
  • 9:30am in EC Room 18: Topics in Buddhism, led by Charlotte Fleming. (Learn more)
  • 11:00am in the Library: Understanding the UUA’s Social Justice Process, led by Rev. Kathy.
  • Looking ahead in Sunday Morning Adult Education: Our latest and regular lineup is here. Read all about it!
  • No Movie Talk in November. The next Movie Talk film, Fury will be discussed December 7. (Learn more)

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz – 12:15pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend this one-hour Meet and Greet.

Monday – November 9

Tuesday – November 10

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Alliance members gather for a box lunch.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Hiett Library    (Note the temporarily changed location)

Come be a part of a wonderful journey as we share one breath, one body, one mind at 1U. Class is open to all.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Energy Medicine Study Group – 7:15pm, Assembly Room  (There will be no EM Study Group in November)

Final class will be in December.

Wednesday – November 11

Welcome Home Wednesday #4 (WHW) – 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Monday Noon)

WHW (through Dec. 3) is a time for all ages to create community and nurture spiritual and intellectual growth. Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. More information, and a downloadable brochure and signup sheet here. To sign up for a meal, or cancel one, by noon on Monday please call the church office at (407) 898.3621, or email WHW@Orlandouu.org. To make a payment by credit go to www.orlandoUU.org. Select the blue “Donate Now” button. Fill in the payment amount under donations and specify the date of the meal for which you are paying. You can also handle all the above at the welcome table on Wed. night in Gore Hall.

Volunteers to help setup and/or cleanup are VERY welcome. Just show up in Gore Hall at 4:45pm and ask what you can do. Tonight’s menu is Pasto Paisano: Vegetarian lasagna, marinara meatball sauce for carnivores to add, hearty bread and mixed salad greens with toppings selection.

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly.

Thursday – November 12

RUUM 11:30am, Hiett Library

Bring your lunch and join the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men [RUUM] for conversation and for planning an activity for the month of November. For information please contact Bob Leger at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

An open, ongoing meditation group offered free of charge each week. All are welcome, no registration required.

Building the Dream Congregational Gathering: Feedback on Plans, 7:00-8:30pm, in the Hiett Library

The Capability Study report from UUA Consultant Barry Finkelstein is in hand and it is full of great news about our new building initiative!  Go to our Building Website (www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com) to look at it. We’ve provided an overview of the results, as well as a downloadable copy of the full report. Then, please come join us at one of several meetings to give input on the plans, in preparation for the next set of revisions.  Next Congregational Gathering Session for individuals to share feedback is Sunday, November 16 at 9:30am.


Other News

Dinner with Friends Coming Up Quickly      (Registration deadline: Nov. 9)

SAVE THE DATE! Members and Friends, Dining Together, All Over Town! Dinners will be held on Saturday, November 22, around 6 p.m., at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Sign up no later than Nov. 8. Hosts and group arrangements will be notified by Nov. 15. Signup fliers will be available in Gore Hall, the OOS, and in this Weekly Update. Contact Alan Oberholtzer for further information.

Building the Dream Update

The report on our Capability Study from UUA Consultant Barry Finkelstein is full of great news about our new building initiative:  www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com to look at it. Examine our overview of the results, as well as the downloadable copy of the full report. Then, please come join us at one of several meetings to give input on the plans, in preparation for the next set of revisions.

Congregational Gathering Sessions—for individuals to share feedback:

  • Thursday, November 13    7-8:30pm in the Hiett Library (see listing in This Week section above)
  • Sunday, November 16       9:30am location TBA

In addition, we’ll be asking 1U committees to review the plans with an eye to what they’ll need. Hold questions, because very shortly we’ll send more information, but committee meetings will be:

  • Tuesday, November 11      6-9pm in Gore Hall
  • Sunday, November 16        12:30-3:30pm  in the Hiett Library

NOTE:  We will require only about one hour of time for any session.

Welcome Home Wednesday Volunteers Needed

If you can come a little early, and/or stand to miss a bit of the service on Wednesday nights, the WHW Committee would heartily welcome your help with setup or cleanup. It’s simple, fast and painless. If you’d like to join in, you can email WHW@Orlandouu.org, write “WHW helper” in the subject line and send us your name and phone number, or you can simply show up in Gore Hall at 4:45pm on Wednesdays and ask what you can do.

UUSC Holiday Cards Available

Purchase your holiday cards Sundays in November during coffee hour.  For $10/box these beautiful holiday cards are a colorful, fun way to celebrate the holidays, while promoting justice and compassion in human relations. By purchasing a 10-card pack, you support UUSC in our efforts to promote workers’ rights, civil liberties, the human right to water, and the rights of vulnerable groups in humanitarian crises (and a fundraiser for 1U). You can contact Cheryl Tyson to order, or email the church office at volunteers@orlandouu.org, putting “UUSC Holiday Cards” in the subject line for prices and purchasing details.  Limited quantities — don’t be disappointed!

Become a Home Hospitality Host

On occasion, 1U has the opportunity to host other UUs for events like District Assembly, Choir Festival, District meetings, and other events. Some of our fellow UUs who come into town for a day or two to join us and/or use our facilities appreciate being welcomed into our homes for the night to cut down on hotel expense while getting to know us. If you have space in your home to host a guest or two, please consider joining in this Hospitality offering!  Email 1uhomehospitality@gmail.com to be added to our database to be contacted about opportunities as they arise.

1U Common Read Begins in November, Get Your Books Now (Signup Deadline: Nov. 15, limit 15 per group)

The common read for this fall is Fed Up, the High Cost of Cheap Food, by Dale Slongwhite. The book is about the farm workers in Apopka who were poisoned by chemicals used in the muck farms on the shore of Lake Apopka. Books may be purchase through Amazon including Kindle or borrowed from Charlotte Fleming (12 copies). Discussion dates are Mon., Nov 17, 7-9pm and Tues., Nov 18, 1-3pm. Please see Charlotte Fleming to sign up for the discussion dates as they are limited to 15 people each.

If you have borrowed a church copy of Fed Up: the High Cost of Cheap Food and have finished it, please return it to Sandy Cawthern on Sunday so someone else can read it.  We have only 12 copies, and there are 30 slots in the discussion groups.  We are hoping each copy can circulate twice. If you are NOT done reading it, please do so, and return it ASAP.  It doesn’t take long to read it.

Share the Plate Update

In October, we collected $693 for Orlando Youth Alliance. Our next opportunity to Share-the-Plate will be November 16, when the beneficiary will be the Coalition for Immokalee Workers (CIW). Guests from both CIW and Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida will be joining us that day to give us an update on all their activities, including the Thanksgiving week theatrical release of the documentary, “Food Chains,” and the recent launch of the Fair Food label to help consumers identify tomatoes from ethical farms.

For the Holidays (and Beyond) from UUSC: thegoodbuy.com

As we prepare to purchase gifts for the upcoming holiday season, say good-bye to shopping that’s bad for workers and the earth.  Say hello to sustainable living at thegoodbuy.com.  Proceeds from the Good Buy fund human rights programs around the world through the UUSC, so you can make a difference with each purchase. Questions? Contact Steph Garber.

Continuing Food Drive

We continue the food drive for Catholic Charities Semoran Food Pantry. Please continue to bring items in and place them in the box in Gore Hall. Thanks for sharing with those in need.

Get the Scoop! Join Justice GoogleGroup

What are 1U’s and UUU’s directing their social justice energies toward?  If you want to know quickly–or want to share easily about Justice events in central Florida and beyond, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been especially trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Associates Coordinator Harriett Smithson.

The Best Way To Know What Is Going On Around 1U – This Weekly Update.

The Weekly Update is posted to the 1U website by Thursday of each week. An email reminder is then sent to the members and visitors who have provided their email addresses. If you are not receiving the weekly email reminder, please contact ChurchAdministrator@orlandouu.org. A reminder is also posted to the 1U facebook page.

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

Board Minutes on Transitional Website

Approved Minutes of meetings of your Board of Trustees are available to members from the 1U Transitional Website. Click here to access the BOT area of the website, scroll to the Board Minutes area, then select and click to open the document for the month of interest, as exemplified here:

2014 September BOT Meeting Minutes Packet

2014 June BOT Meeting Minutes Packet

Join & Enjoy the UUUS Women’s Group

The women of the University Unitarian Universalist Society have formed a group that you don’t have to officially join. If you are a woman and you have attended UUUS at sometime or are a friend of someone who attends, the UUUS Women’s Group invites you to join them for fun and fellowship.Their planned events include:

  • October 28 – 6:30pm ‘HamBingo’ night at Hamburger Mary’s
  • November 12 – 6:00pm Wine Wednesday at Carrabba’s Italian Grill
  • December 7 – Movie Matinee: Wild
  • January 31- Gathering of Goddesses Annual Retreat

For more information, or to get on the group mailing list, email them: info@universityuus.org.

Organ Donation for 1U and YOU!

Studies show that the majority of people think donating organs is a good idea, but they don’t seem to “get around” to registering. Leaving your family to have to make this decision at a very emotional time is often simply too tough. Decide today and go to donatelife.net to join the registry for your state, and be sure to also discuss your wishes with your family members. You are truly giving the gift of life.


Plan Ahead

November 15 – Apopka Farmworkers: “Fed Up, the High Cost of Cheap Food,” 4:00-6:00pm, Gore Hall

Save the date for time with the Apopka Farmworkers, who will share their stories found in the book, Fed Up, the High Cost of Cheap Food. They will tell you a story “that you will not hear anywhere else” about Lake Apopka muck farmers and the poisoning of the land and lake. Land restoration, clean up, and wildlife protection were done, but the Farmworkers were left to die out. And we will have an opportunity to help.

November 15 – Mystic Grove Steaks for the Lord Ritual, 7:00pm, Enrichment Center courtyard (RSVP by Nov. 12)

Mystic Grove, mysticgrove@orlandouu.org, is hosting a “Steaks for the Lord” Ritual and Feast, to which all are welcome.  We will start with stories and wisdom from the Divine Masculine Energy and the closely associated Divine Mystery of the Cycle of life.  We will also welcome stories and lessons of Grandfather/Sage, teacher/mentor, and the courageous examples of men doing peacekeeping, medical, environmental, and pacifist work. Our goal is to share and learn while honoring and respecting the work, accomplishments, and sacrifices of men. If you wish to share stories of your own or honor and share the stories of men living or transitioned, this is a good place to do so. The Ritual will include elements from Wiccan and Nordic sources.  Feel free to dress as ritually or as casually as you like. Only grill space and charcoal will be provided.  Please make sure to bring everything you will want for food and drink. There are no restrictions on food or beverages, but please note we do not have vegan-qualified cooking gear.  Please RSVP so that sufficient supplies will be available.

November 17 – 1U Common Read, 7:00-9:00pm, Location TBA

The common read for this fall is Fed Up, the High Cost of Cheap Food. Books (including Kindle) may be purchased through Amazon or borrowed from Charlotte Fleming (12 copies). The second discussion date is Nov. 18, 1-3pm. Please see Charlotte Fleming to sign up for the discussion dates as they are limited to 15 people each.

Building the Dream Congregational Gathering: Feedback on Plans, 9:30am, Gore Hall

The Capability Study report from UUA Consultant Barry Finkelstein is in hand and it is full of great news about our new building initiative!  Go to our Building Website (www.1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com) to look at it. We’ve provided an overview of the results, as well as a downloadable copy of the full report. Then, please come join us at one of several meetings to give input on the plans, in preparation for the next set of revisions.

November 18 – 1U Common Read, 1:00-3:00pm, Location TBA

The common read for this fall is Fed Up, the High Cost of Cheap Food. Please see Charlotte Fleming to sign up for the discussion dates as they are limited to 15 people each.

November 19 – Welcome Home Wednesday #5 (WHW), 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Monday Noon)

WHW (through Dec. 3) is a time for all ages to create community and nurture spiritual and intellectual growth. Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. More information, and a downloadable brochure and signup sheet here. The menu is Chillin Before T’givin: Vegan chili, hearty bread, salad with toppings selection.

November 22 Dinner with Friends, 6:00pm-ish, various member homes

Members and Friends, Dining Together, All Over Town! Dinners will be held at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Contact Alan Oberholtzer for further information.

November 23 Teddy Bear Picnic, 12:30pm, Enrichment Center Courtyard

1U families with children in Pre-School, Nursery, or still in arms, please plan to attend our Teddy Bear Picnic hosted by Rev. Kathy and Sterling, her teddy bear. Lunch will be served. Children from infant through pre-school are invited to attend with their families (including older siblings) and their teddy bear or other cuddly companion. You are also encouraged to bring a friend who is not (yet) part of our 1U community. RSVP: minister@orlandouu.org.

 December 3 – Welcome Home Wednesday #6 (WHW), 5:30pm, Gore Hall (Meal Registration deadline: Monday Noon)

WHW is a time for all ages to create community and nurture spiritual and intellectual growth. Take a midweek break: enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group. You can take part in any component or all of them each Wednesday. The menu is Roasted Vegetables over Quinoa plus a Salad Bar.

December 6 – Pastoral Care Training for Lay Leaders, 9:30am-12:00pm, Assembly Room

This morning session is designed for lay leaders interested in learning and practicing the basics of pastoral care as a way of becoming more effective in any congregational leadership position. Topics will include listening skills, boundaries, when and how to refer, as well as a fuller understanding of congregational resources. While targeted to lay leaders, any member or friend is welcome to attend. This will also be the first step in the training for our newest Pastoral Associates. To RSVP for this single training, or to find out more about participating in the on-going Lay Pastoral Care Program, please contact Harriet Smithson at pastoralassociates@orlandouu.org.

December 14 – Blue Christmas: A Special Holiday Service of Remembrance and Hope, 4:00pm

Join the Pastoral Associates for this new and very special offering. While the holiday season is indeed joyous, many also find the expectations, hectic activity and memories overwhelming. This special service gathers us in a sense of welcome, trust and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year.

March 7-8 – 2015 Florida UU Choral Festival, 1U Campus

SAVE THE DATE: 1U is hosting, and all Florida UU choir and/or music ministry members are invited to participate. The Festival theme is Building a Dream. Attendees from around the state will arrive Saturday midday, have rehearsal, dinner, a variety show and the next morning, perform for two services at 1U. Please put this date on your calendar and share the info with other UU members and friends. Direct questions and comments to MusicDirector@OrlandoUU.org.

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 First Unitarian Church of Orlando  Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz
Phone: 407-898-3621 Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org
Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org Minister’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz
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